France orders additional TALIOS pods for Rafale aircraft

by Olivia Savage

Thales TALIOS targeting pod on Rafale aircraft. (Thales Optronique)

The French Defence Procurement Agency (Direction Générale de l'Armement: DGA) has ordered an additional 21 TALIOS (TArgeting Long-range Identification Optronic System) pods from Thales to integrate on Dassault Rafale aircraft, the company announced on 6 May.

Deliveries of the additional pods are expected between 2024 and 2025, following completion of the original contract for 46 TALIOS systems, Thales said.

TALIOS, first developed in 2008, is an airborne, open-architecture targeting and reconnaissance pod. It can be used for day/night target detection, recognition, and identification.

The pod has since undergone upgrades as part of the Rafale F4 standard programme. These include the Vision Permanent function, which provides a virtual real-time 3D map superimposed in an operational environment; a new air-to-air identification mode; a new day colour sensor that has a higher range coverage than the thermal camera on the original pods; and new tactical air reconnaissance modes. The system is connected with a top-down datalink, which enables the ground forces with real-time data.


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Gurutvaa Systems ramp up Dronaam C-UAS deliveries to IAF

by Amit Kalra

Gurutvaa Systems has started bulk deliveries of its Dronaam C-UAS (pictured above) to the IAF. (Gurutvaa Systems)

Indian company Gurutvaa Systems has despatched the first bulk production lot of its Dronaam counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) to the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Speaking to Janes on 24 November, Sandeep Dawkhar, vice-president of Gurutvaa Systems, said that the first lot of Dronaam C-UAS was recently despatched. He added that prior to the despatch, a team of officials from the IAF's Directorate of the Air Staff Requirements approved the C-UAS production lot at the company's facility in Pune, Maharashtra.

This delivery formed part of an undisclosed number of Dronaam C-UASs ordered by the IAF in August 2021, Dawkhar said. He added that the recent despatch was the first time that deliveries were carried out in bulk quantities.

According to the company, Dronaam is an indigenously developed C-UAS, effective at disrupting the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) navigation and jamming radio frequencies of rogue UAVs.

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Norway to procure new artillery location radars from Thales

by Olivia Savage

Norway will acquire three Thales GM200 MM/C radars (pictured) as part of an ongoing government-to-government agreement with the Netherlands. (Thales)

Norway will acquire three new mobile artillery location radars from Thales under a government-to-government deal with the Netherlands.

The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (FMA) has signed a follow-on contract, valued at NOK460 million (USD45.8 million), with the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) for an additional three Thales Ground Master 200 Multi Mission Compact radars (GM200 MM/C), the FMA announced on 23 November.

The initial contract for five Thales GM200 MM/C radars, with an option for three more systems, was announced in May 2021. The contract was valued at EUR77 million (USD79.6 million), with deliveries scheduled by 2023–24.

In total, eight radars will be delivered to the Norwegian Armed Forces for just over NOK2 billion, with deliveries expected by the end of 2025, the latest announcement said.

Future radar acquisitions from other NATO countries are permissible as part of the Thales Nederland and Dutch DMO agreement. To that end, several NATO countries have expressed an interest, the FMA said.


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Elbit Systems UK signs MOU with Draken Europe to deliver UAS services

by Olivia Savage

Draken Europe and Elbit Systems UK will collaborate on delivering contractor-owned UAS services. The Hermes 900 Starliner will be one of the systems meeting this agreement. (Elbit Systems UK)

Elbit Systems UK and British company Draken Europe have signed an agreement to collaborate on and support the delivery of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) services.

The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to meet a growing market interest for contractor-operated intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) UAS services, Elbit Systems UK announced on 17 November.

As a developer and manufacturer of several ISR UAS systems, Elbit Systems UK will work with Draken Europe to utilise their service and operational experience to identify opportunities to exploit advanced UAS aircraft including Elbit Systems UK's Hermes 900 Starliner.


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